Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Summary:All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King.
When her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.
Beware the goblin men, and the wares they sell.
Wintersong is a beautifully written fantasy with an imaginative and captivating world, but it lacks the substance and depth it truly needs to be memorable.
When 19-year-old Liesl’s sister Käthe is kidnapped by goblins, Liesel is forced to make a treacherous journey into the goblins’ underground realm to rescue her. But the Goblin King isn’t willing to let Käthe go without a price: Lisel’s hand in marriage as the Goblin Queen.
Liesel is a decent character who many readers will find themselves rooting for and sympathizing with. She isn’t anyone special – she doesn’t have her sister’s beauty or her brother’s aptitude for music – but she is selfless and determined. However, there were moments where she felt a bit too wallowed in self-pity for my taste – almost to the point where she felt like a Mary Sue at times.
Furthermore, the romance felt a bit lacking. The Goblin King as a love interest was intriguing, but there was just something missing in terms of the chemistry and dynamics between him. (Their relationship reminds me a lot of the romance between Tamlin and Feyre in A Court of Thorns and Roses).
The story’s primary flaw is the lack of plot and action. Significant events only occur within the first 75 pages and the last 75 pages of the book. Everything inbetween is simply beautiful prose that, while extremely eloquent, serves no point. A more complex plot would have definitely helped make the story more engaging.
All in all, while this isn’t a bad book, it lacked the emotional connection I needed to truly enjoy it. I’d recommend reading Stolen Songbird instead if you’re looking for something similar.
This was the immortality humans were meant to have: to be remembered by those who loved us long after our bodies had crumbled into dust.